Awards Season

February 02, 2012 by DVF

The third annual DVF Awards are just around the corner, and we can’t wait to celebrate our honorees on Friday, March 9 during Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit at the United Nations in New York. Today is a particularly exciting day as we announce the nominees for the third annual People’s Voice Awards.

One of five DVF Awards given each year to extraordinary women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women, The People’s Voice Awards puts the power in your hands.  Vote for the woman who inspires you most at and the winner will be honored at the ceremony on March 9 and receive a $50,000 grant from The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation in order to continue and bolster their efforts.

This year’s nominees are making a difference in their communities and beyond. Diane Latiker of Kids Off the Block, Inc. invites troubled youth into her home in the Roseland community of Chicago and gives them hope and guidance, while Layli Miller-Muro of The Tahirih Justice Center provides legal assistance to immigrant women seeking asylum from rape, human trafficking, torture, and many other forms of violence. Jennifer Valoppi is helping to improve the education of at-risk girls through Women of Tomorrow, a unique mentoring organization that gives young women the tools they need to graduate from high school and seek higher education. And Andrea Powell, founder of FAIR Girls, helps more than 200 girls every year to overcome abuse, sex trafficking, and forced labor.

“We are proud to have such deserving nominees,” says Diane. “They are strong, courageous and powerful leaders!”

We also caught up with past People’s Voice Award recipients Taryn Davis (2011) and Katherine Chon (2010), who are using their grants to continue their commitment to their causes. Davis has since been named one of CNN’S Heroes of the Year and one of Glamour Magazine’s 21 Amazing Young Women, among other accolades. What is more, The American Widow Project has doubled the amount of widows it has served and is currently launching a new website in order to connect to many more. Chon, of the Polaris Project, reports that in 2011, The National Human Trafficking Hotline answered more than 19,400 calls, reported more than 770 human trafficking cases to law enforcement, and helped more than 1,200 trafficking victims access services.  Their client services program provided 141 survivors of human trafficking with assistance, enabling them to take important steps towards their own recovery.

We are proud to see past winners thriving and look forward to seeing what this year’s honoree will accomplish.

With the courage to fight, the power to survive and the leadership to inspire, all of our People’s Voice Award nominees are making it easier for women’s voices to be heard all over the world.

Now, let’s hear yours. Place your vote at


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